Rafe Chaumette Scary Good as Bay Sox Rout Westerners 9-0 on Friday the 13th
Rafe Chaumette proved to be a total nightmare for Danbury's pitching staff on Friday the 13th in New Bedford's blowout victory.
Chaumette (Trinity) continued to be the hottest hitter in the Bay Sox lineup on Friday night, going 5-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored in the Bay Sox' 9-0 win over the Westerners at Paul Walsh Field.
Chaumette bumped up his average from .370 to a whopping .410 after claiming three singles, one double, and a two-run triple, as the home squad blew the game open in the last two innings. The junior center fielder from Sugarland, TX is just outside the minimum at-bats needed to qualify for the NECBL batting title, as his current .410 average would lead the league. Chaumette has hit in 14 of his last 16 games, going 27-for-57 (.474) since June 21st.
Jacob Yish (Boston College) had three RBIs, while Robert Emery (San Francisco) had three singles and drove in two runs for the Bay Sox, who moved to 15-17 with the key Southern Division victory.
R.J. Wagner (Dayton) picked up the victory, tossing five-plus innings of shutout ball for his third win of the season. Serafino Brito (Rutgers) was excellent out of the bullpen, whiffing four batters in three innings. Brito entered with runners on first and second and no outs in the sixth, but preserved the then two-run lead which allowed New Bedford to bust it open. D. Logan Maitland (UMass Dartmouth) made his 2018 debut on the mound in the ninth and worked around two errors to clinch the shutout win.
The Bay Sox took an early 1-0 lead after some odd defensive decisions by the Westerners' infield. Chaumette led off with a fly ball behind the third base bag. Both shortstop Eddie McCabe and third baseman Jake Frasca had trouble with the easy pop, and they mysteriously let the ball fall in fair territory for a single. With Chaumette on second with two outs, Emery singled and the speedy leadoff hitter for New Bedford scored easily for an earned run that should have never happened.
New addition Kevin Huscher (Quinnipiac) made a fantastic play in the infield to prevent damage in the fourth inning, as he leapt near the second base bag to rob Sean Buckhout of a base hit. The senior from nearby Middleboro, MA then tossed the ball to first base to double up Frasca off of first base for the third out of the inning. Huscher and Stephen Thibault (Sacred Heart) have just joined the Bay Sox, as injuries have continued to pile up for New Bedford, especially in the infield, as Austin Markmann (Sacred Heart), Chandler Debrosse (Central Connecticut State) and Logan Allen (Bridgeport) all currently sidelined.
New Bedford's defense continued to shine in the middle innings, with Karsten Sherman (Keiser) and Jack Winkler (San Francisco) flashing the leather in the fifth. After Wagner walked the first two batters in the sixth, Brito entered and was greeted with more stellar D, as Ryan Markey (St. John's) nabbed a grounder and raced to the third base bag for the first out of the inning. Yish started a rare 9-6 double play on a fly ball to right, as the Bay Sox outfielder threw behind McCabe to double him off second base.
The Bay Sox added to their lead in the bottom of the sixth, as Chaumette continued his big night at the top of the order with a leadoff double. Chaumette crossed the plate for the second time after Yish singled, giving New Bedford a 2-0 lead.
The home squad added four more runs to blow it open in the seventh, giving their pitching staff plenty of insurance for the final two innings. Chaumette ripped his fourth hit of the night to drive in Sherman, who doubled to deep left center field to begin the frame. Yish drove in his second run of the evening with a sac fly to left to bring Huscher home, as the second baseman reached on an error from McCabe. Andrew Rapoza (Barry) tripled to the gap in right center to bring home Chaumette, and the catcher/DH scored New Bedford's sixth run as Emery hit a grounder that barely stood fair down the first base line. Emery eluded the tag attempt from 1B Walker Imwalle, allowing Rapoza to make it 6-0.
Chaumette picked up his fifth hit on a deep triple to right field, scoring Sherman and Christian Aybar (New England College), and the center fielder scored for the fourth time as Yish grounded out to short for his third RBI.
The Bay Sox have a rare Saturday off, then play the Southern Division leaders, the Plymouth Pilgrims, on Sunday night at Forges Field. New Bedford's next home game is on Tuesday night, as they host the best team in the NECBL, the Valley Blue Sox, for the first and only time. The Pilgrims will come to Paul Walsh Field on Thursday as well, with both home tilts starting at 6:30pm.
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